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Center on Disability

The Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities with a focus on disability policy, civil rights, disability law, employment, health issues, independent living, and assistive technology. The Center on Disability is composed of disability-related projects with expertise in research, technical assistance, training and information dissemination.

Program Director(s)

Erica Jones

Program Site



Annual Evaluation of the Family Center on Technology and Disability Evaluation

This project will conduct an annual formative evaluation of the Family Center on Technology and Disability activities, which will include designing an evaluation tool, gathering data and preparing evaluation report.

Emergency Personal Assistance Services for the Disabled in the 21st Century

The Center on Disability at PHI will provide technical assistance to the Center on Personal Assistance Services to conduct critical research on strategies to provide emergency personal assistance services to people with disabilities, and will disseminate the research findings.

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability

The Center on Disability is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partners on a National Public Health Practice and Resource Center on Health Promotion, Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity for People with Disabilities. The center is developing policy language along with a toolkit and guidelines for policy creation that are designed to ensure that people with disabilities are included in prevention efforts.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers on Disability Statistics and Demographics

This subcontract to the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability provides local level disability data to independent living, vocational rehabilitation, public health and emergency management agencies.

Here's How We're Making a Difference

Ensuring ADA Compliance

PHI's Pacific ADA Center provides over 37,000 technical assistance consultations annually to public and private stakeholders in the western U.S. on ADA compliance. After consulting with the Pacific ADA Center, a corporation that operates tens of thousands of chain restaurants changed its national policy so that customers with disabilities no longer encountered accessibility barriers such as narrow doorways and restricted space in dining areas.